University of Sussex

University of Sussex

English Language Teaching

This course focuses on the theoretical and practical issues that impact on the teaching of English as a foreign language (TEFL) and English as a second language (TESL/TESOL). It is designed to develop knowledge and critical understanding of current theories and research in language acquisition, and relate these to the practice of English language pedagogy. The course is aimed both at experienced language-teaching professionals worldwide and those with language-/linguistics-based degrees but little or no language-teaching experience. Options, seminar groups and teaching practice are organised to reflect students� previous experience and interests.

Entry requirements

A 1st- or upper 2nd-Class undergraduate Honours degree in a linguistics, English language or a modern languages degree involving a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, a 1st- or upper 2nd-Class undergraduate Honours degree in any subject plus substantial work experience (two years full time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (eg language teacher, language support assistant, translator).

Course modules

Autumn term: language analysis; second language acquisition and research; a short foreign-language module. Spring term: principles and practice in ELT. You also choose from a number of career-focused options (subject to student demand), which may include: advanced practical teaching*; discourse and dommunication analysis; ELT management; practical teaching techniques and observation; teaching English for academic purposes; teaching young learners; world Englishes. Some modules are taught with students from the MA in Applied Linguistics. Students on the MA course then undertake a dissertation in the summer term. *Students with appropriate previous teaching qualifications who successfully complete this module will be deemed TEFL-qualified at UK Diploma level, as defined by the British Council Accreditation Scheme.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Full-time £ 3,800 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
PgDip Full-time £ 9,450 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MA Full-time £ 6,060 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MA Full-time £ 14,450 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
PgDip Part-time - 24 months
MA Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

Key information

Telephone number: 
01273 678176